DENVER (CBS4/AP) – The Colorado Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear an appeal to reinstate Douglas County’s controversial voucher program on Monday afternoon.

The program would have offered 500 students $4,500 in state funding to cover the cost of tuition at private schools.

In August Denver District Judge Michael Martinez blocked the program, saying it was a disservice for taxpayer money to be used at religious schools. Martinez ruled the program violated the state’s constitution and school-financing act.

Officials with Douglas County said the Colorado Supreme Court has previously upheld rulings that use state money for private schools.

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